Do you need butter to make eggs?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Do you need butter to make eggs?”, discuss how to cook eggs without adding extra fats and some common mistakes that we should avoid while making eggs.

Do you need butter to make eggs?

Yes, we need butter to make eggs because when we cook eggs, the proteins in the egg white form tight, cross-linked bonds that turn their texture dense and rubbery. If you add butter to the eggs, it will coat the proteins with fat, inhibiting them from forming bonds. So the eggs stay soft and creamy.

What do you mean by buttered eggs?

Buttered eggs, nowadays, mean scrambled eggs made with a high proportion of butter. But once in Cork and Ireland, this term meant rubbing butter on the eggshells of the whole, unbroken eggs.

The farmers of Cork and Ireland used to butter eggshells to preserve eggs for winters when hens produce fewer eggs. The butter helped solidify the hot, brittle shells, sealing the yolky content from the outside air. These eggs take on a shiny gleam and the taste of butter permeates the eggs, making them even richer when cracked and cooked.

How to make scrambled eggs?

To make scrambled eggs, follow these steps:

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl. Add some liquid (optional), such as milk or water, and whisk thoroughly until all of the egg yolk and egg white are mixed.
  2. Melt a teaspoon of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and wait until the butter starts to bubble.
  3. Now, slowly pour the egg mixture into the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. After 1-2 minutes, when the eggs start to set or form a slightly solid base, stir gently with a rubber spatula.
  5. Now season the eggs. For this, you can add minced herbs, shredded cheese, or mushrooms.
  6. Add salt and pepper per taste.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the eggs from the bottom of the pan when they are done.
  8. Serve the prepared eggs immediately.

How to make eggs without adding extra fats?

Butter or oil is the best choice to fry an egg, but if you don’t want to add some extra fats to the egg, here are some alternatives to make an egg of your choice:

  • Frying egg without adding butter

Add eggs to a preheated non-stick pan and cover with the lid. The steam generated will help the egg to cook in the right way that you want. Cook it for 1-2 minutes.

  • Frying eggs in the microwave

To fry an egg in the microwave, crack the egg in a bowl that can be placed in the microwave safely. Place the bowl in the microwave for 45-50 seconds or until it is done. You can supplement your egg with tomato slices or dried herbs to make it healthier and tastier.

  • Hard-boiled eggs

To make a hard-boiled egg, place the egg in a large-sized saucepan and add water to it (water should be 1 inch above the top of the egg). Once the water boils, wait for 10-15 minutes and then transfer the egg to a cold water saucepan to get off its heat. The hard-boiled egg is ready for salad or your breakfast!

  • Poached eggs

To make poached eggs, fill a pot with 2-3 inches of liquid (such as water, soup, or tomato juice) and bring it to a simmer. Once it boils, turn the heat down. Now slide the broken eggs gently into the liquid and cook them until they are done. Serve these with stews, salads, or sandwiches.

  • Traditional deviled eggs 

To prepare traditional deviled eggs, cut the hard-boiled egg lengthwise and remove its yolk. Mix the yolk with low-calorie Greek yogurt (1 tbs), fresh chives (1tsp), and a little amount of lemon juice. Now put the whisked mixture into the yolk cavity. READY TO SERVE!

  • Eggs and avocado salad

For this, mash half an avocado and add it to white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and salt to make a creamy dressing. Take 5-6 hard-boiled eggs and slice them (remove their yolk), and cut the egg white into cubes. Cut the other half of the avocado into the cubes and add them to the eggs, along with a half cup of chopped onions and creamy dressing.

Other FAQs about Eggs which you may be interested in.

How to store boiled eggs in refrigerator?

What mistakes to avoid while cooking eggs?

Although it seems very easy to cook eggs, however, there are certain mistakes to avoid while cooking them so that you do not mess up at the end of the recipe that you are trying.

Let’s discuss what these mistakes can be:

  • You did not whisk your eggs properly
  • You are using the wrong pan to cook eggs
  • You are cooking the eggs at a high-heat temperature
  • You let your eggs to overcook
  • You added the eggs to the cold pan


In this brief guide, we answered the question “Do you need butter to make eggs?”, discussed how to cook eggs without adding extra fats, and some common mistakes that you should avoid while making eggs.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.